Professor Szymon Kawalla, DMus Hab.

Pro­fes­sor Szy­mon Kawal­la – full pro­fes­sor (dis­ci­pline of musi­cal arts, sym­pho­ny and opera con­duct­ing, com­po­si­tion), Dean of the Depart­ment of Com­po­si­tion, Con­duct­ing and The­o­ry of Music at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw. Since 1986 he has taught con­duct­ing class at the Fry­deryk Chopin Uni­ver­si­ty of Music in War­saw and since 2008 he has held the func­tion of Head of the Unit of Music and Lit­er­a­ture Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Edu­ca­tion, Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion­al Stud­ies of the Maria Grze­gorzews­ka Acad­e­my of Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion in War­saw.

In 1992 he received from the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Poland the title of Pro­fes­sor of Musi­cal Arts; he is an expert of the Nation­al Accred­i­ta­tion Com­mit­tee and a juror at inter­na­tion­al music com­pe­ti­tions;  he also leads inter­na­tion­al mas­ter­class­es.

He stud­ied at the State High­er School of Music in War­saw, Depart­ments of: Instru­men­tal Stud­ies – vio­lin, diplo­ma 1972; Com­po­si­tion, Con­duct­ing and The­o­ry of Music – sym­pho­ny and opera con­duct­ing, diplo­ma 1973; com­po­si­tion – 1974; music stud­ies abroad: Switzer­land, Hun­gary, USSR; 1982 – artis­tic pro­ce­dure of the 1st degree (now a doc­tor­al degree in arts) at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw; 1984 – artis­tic pro­ce­dure of the 2nd degree (now a post-doc­tor­al degree) at the Fry­deryk Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw. In the peri­od of 1972–1974 he was a lec­tur­er at the State High­er School of Music in War­saw; between 1975 and 1980 he was a senior lec­tur­er at the State High­er School of Music in Byd­goszcz. He also was: Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, Head of the Insti­tute of Music Edu­ca­tion, High­er School of Ped­a­gogy in Zielona Góra (1980–1986); Full Pro­fes­sor, Holy Cross Acad­e­my in Kielce (1996–2001); and teacher in pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary schools (1966–1979).

Pro­fes­sion­al activ­i­ty as a con­duc­tor and man­ag­er: 1972–1974 – music man­ag­er and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the Cen­tral Artis­tic Ensem­ble of the Pol­ish Army; 1974–1978 — con­duc­tor of the Pomeran­ian Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra in Byd­goszcz; 1979–1980 — head and artis­tic direc­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the State Cham­ber Orches­tra in Toruń; 1980–1986 — head and artis­tic direc­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the State Phil­har­mon­ic in Zielona Góra and the Cham­ber Opera Stage in Żagań; 1985–1991 — gen­er­al and artis­tic direc­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the Sym­pho­ny Orches­tra and Choir of the Pol­ish Radio and Tele­vi­sion in Cra­cow; 1987–1995 — Prin­ci­pal Per­ma­nent Con­duc­tor of the Vien­na Mod­ern Mas­ters CD Com­pa­ny, (Aus­tria and USA); 1992–1994 — artis­tic con­sul­tant and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor at the S. Moniuszko State Phil­har­mon­ic in Kosza­lin; 1995–2001– gen­er­al and artis­tic direc­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor at the Holy Cross Phil­har­mon­ic and the Kielce Opera Stage; 2001–2006 – artis­tic direc­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the Ortho­dox Music Cham­ber Choir at the War­saw Cham­ber Opera; 2002 – artis­tic direc­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the I.J. Paderews­ki Fes­ti­val Orches­tra in War­saw; since 1995 – music man­ag­er and conductor/head of the Yeong­nam Opera Com­pa­ny in Daegu, South Korea; since 2005 – juror and per­ma­nent con­duc­tor of finale con­certs and lau­re­ates’ con­certs at the Inter­na­tion­al Com­pe­ti­tion for Brass­wind Instru­ments and Per­cus­sion in Jeju, South Korea.

Szy­mon Kawal­la has con­tin­u­al­ly per­formed in Poland and abroad since 1966 giv­ing over 5000 sym­pho­ny, ora­to­rio and opera per­for­mances (in such coun­tries as: Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Belarus, Bul­gar­ia, Czech Repub­lic, Den­mark, Fin­land, France, Spain, the Nether­lands, Iran, Ice­land, Yugoslavia, Cana­da, South Korea, Cuba, Lux­em­bourg, Mal­ta, Ger­many, Nor­way, Poland, Rus­sia, Roma­nia, Slo­va­kia, Switzer­land , Swe­den, Ukraine, USA, Vat­i­can, Hun­gary, Great Britain, or Italy). Worth empha­siz­ing are: three ora­to­rio con­certs for His Holi­ness Pope John Paul II, con­certs com­mem­o­rat­ing the 5th and 10th anniver­saries of the death of King Boduin of Bel­gium, attend­ed by Queen Fabi­o­la, and year-long fes­ti­val con­certs in Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach’s year (2000), opera pre­mieres for the open­ing of the New Opera House (2004) in Daegu (South Korea) and opera galas for the open­ing of the Cul­ture and Art Cen­ter, Keimuyng Uni­ver­si­ty (2008) in Daegu. He has record­ed for radio, tele­vi­sion and the cin­e­ma since 1972  and has been record­ing for the fol­low­ing record com­pa­nies since 1977: Bal­can­ton (Bul­gar­ia), Cam­bria Records (USA), Cen­taur Records (USA), Con­nifer Records (Unit­ed King­dom), JIGU (South Korea), Pol­skie Nagra­nia [Pol­ish Records], Veri­ton, and Vien­na Mod­ern Mas­ters (Aus­tria and USA).

Most impor­tant com­po­si­tions: Diver­ti­men­to for Strings and Per­cus­sion (1966), ora­to­rio Pater Kolbe (1969), can­ta­ta Wit Stwosz (1970), Sta­bat Mater (1990), Can­ta­ta in Com­mem­o­ra­tion of the 15th Anniver­sary of the Pon­tif­i­cate of Pope John Paul II (1991); Fan­ta­sy for solo vio­lin (2002), two Ara­bic Impres­sions for solo vio­lin (2006), Holy Cross Caprice for solo vio­lin (2006), Babice Dum­ka with vari­a­tions for solo vio­lin (2006), Gio­vanile for sym­pho­ny orches­tra (2006), Love Lyrics (2007), Amer­i­can Thren­odies (2007), ora­to­rio Totus Tuus (2008), can­ta­ta The Pol­ish Pope, can­ta­ta Tear (2008), Lament and Mazov­ian Toc­ca­ta for vio­lin and piano or orches­tra (2009), Mis­sa Solem­nis (2010), music fairy tale Pyza on the Pol­ish Paths (2011), Fan­ta­sy AZ for solo vio­lin (2012).

Most impor­tant elab­o­ra­tions: K. Kurpińs­ki — sym­pho­ny The Bat­tle of Moza­jsk (1982), M. Kamieńs­ki — opera Des­ti­tu­tion Made Hap­py (1983); M. Kamieńs­ki — Can­ta­ta Com­mem­o­rat­ing the Cen­te­nary of the Relief of Besieged Vien­na (1984), W. Żeleńs­ki — Can­ta­ta Com­mem­o­rat­ing the Bicen­te­nary of the Relief of Besieged Vien­na (1986), K. Jezier­s­ki — can­ta­ta Casimire ter­ris mirae (1986). Szy­mon Kawal­la co-orga­nized 7 Inter­na­tion­al Schol­ar­ly Con­fer­ences at the Maria Grze­gorzews­ka Acad­e­my of Spe­cial Edu­ca­tion in War­saw (2008–2013). He co-edit­ed three schol­ar­ly mono­graphs (2010–2012).

Awards: Sil­ver Cross of Mer­it (1985), Knight’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland (1996), Officer’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland (2004), dec­o­ra­tion Mer­i­to­ri­ous Pol­ish Cul­ture Activist; K. Szy­manows­ki Medal, K. Kurpińs­ki Medal, Award of the Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Art of the sec­ond degree; awards of the first degree of Their Mag­nif­i­cences Rec­tors of the High­er School of Ped­a­gogy in Zielona Góra, the F. Chopin Acad­e­my of Music in War­saw and the J. Kochanows­ki Holy Cross Acad­e­my in Kielce. Szy­mon Kawal­la is a win­ner of sev­er­al region­al and cre­ative com­mu­ni­ty awards – Award for Young Cre­ators, Zielona Góra, 1985; Grand Prix du disque Accad­e­mie Charles Cross — Paris, 1991; Nike – Award of the Soci­ety of Friends of Fine Arts, 2001; Bene Mer­i­tum Award of the Soci­ety of Friends of Fine Arts, 2006; Grand Prix at the Inter­na­tion­al Opera Fes­ti­val in Daegu, 2010; co-win­ner of award for best opera pro­duc­tion of the year in South Korea, 2010.


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